Woman fined $1800 for growing marijuana

A 54-YEAR-OLD Cordalba woman who grew and stockpiled marijuana in the hope of extracting oil for medicinal purposes has been fined $1800.

Between August 31, 2014 and May 8 last year Kim Dawn Steffensen used exhaust fans and lights in a "semi-sophisticated" hydroponic set up to produce marijuana for personal use.

In Bundaberg District Court yesterday Steffensen pleaded guilty to one count of producing dangerous drugs in excess of 500g and one count of possessing items used for producing dangerous drugs.

When police raided Steffensen's Cordalba home last year they found 4.78kg of marijuana in various forms - seed, leaf and bud material.

The court heard Steffensen had suffered debilitating neuropathy pain for more than 30 years and found prescription medicine ineffective or addictive. She instead used marijuana when the pain became too much.

Steeping the marijuana or adding it to butter for pain relief, Steffensen had also read about the medical benefits of cannabis oil and after further research had decided to stockpile marijuana and produce oil herself.

Defence lawyer Craig Ryan said his client regretted and understood her actions were illegal in Queensland despite recent legislation changes which have allowed medical cannabis trials to be held in here.

Judge Tony Moynihan said while Steffensen's pain issues explained her actions, they did not excuse it.

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